My review on the movie now that you've ALL been waiting for
Let's see, I was not going to watch this initially, I was afraid it was going to be yet another one of those low budget indie film crap, but I ended up watching it, I can see now why it is banned in some countries, it's called suppression of truth, there is a real problem, and this movie does a really good job at exposing this problem and this generation, but the the powers that be are trying to suppress truth. First, about the acting, some people say it is really bad, actually it isn't, the acting from the girls is spot on, this is exactly how kids that age act and talk, so they were acting the role great, the only thing that makes me angry is parts where 13 and 14 year olds are talking about oops almost wrote the F word, but in many places in the movie they refer to F'ing other guys, sucking on stuff, etc, kids that age should not be acting like adults nor talking like adults nor doing such acts, is this movie over the top ? NO !!! It's reality, I've been in school, and this is exactly how many girls that age talked - teen pregnancy is an epidemic, and kids so young start to talk like adults and act like adults, and UNFORTUNATELY they are pray to PEDOPHILES and sex predators - this is what the other movie with an inappropriate name on Netflix was trying to convey albeit with a disgusting title, but sadly kids DO act this way, and in the case of this movie they show 2 girls, but guys talk like that too - and when you have 13 year olds talking about going to party, to take hard drugs, DRINK and F guys, that's very disturbing. Great story though, Megan who is 14 was that popular girl in school, with a reputation of being a slut, going to parties, getting wasted whatever, she cared of her status and hung out with popular and cool boys, whilst her unlikely friend Amy, who is 13 is the more shy and reserved girl who gets judged by her looks, so she clings onto the friendship of the popular girl.
One part that really gets to you - you see the 14 year old girl as being that slut, but at one point you see a part where she talks about her difficult childhood, here is a scene that really makes you think........the part where she said that at 9 her dad F'ed her, and that it has been going on for 2 years, with her mother knowing but denying, etc, this kind of shit is so common today, it's sad, you could see the expression on the girl's face as she was documenting her story to the camera, really sad and disturbing, but I don't get it, if she was abused by her own pedophile, shit for brain father, why is she acting like a slut and looking for trouble ? You would think that if you are abused like that you would avoid such activity no ?
So yeah the acting from the girls was not bad, because they were in their role, that's how people that age talk, or most people
I believe the bad actors in this movie were the parents, really really bad acting, and another disturbing one is when Megan was talking on the phone with Amy, in her room, not your typical conversation but she was telling her friend what that guy's you know what tasted like, and at that moment her mother came int he room to ask Megan to go to sleep. I mean seriously ? Some parents she has, no concern of what her daughter was doing, talking to or talking about, the same mother who did nothing when her husband was shagging his own daughter FFS !!! it's hard not to be upset when you see such scenes, but I guess that was the goal of the movie, to raise awareness, it did a great job.
There are however open holes and unexplained events in the movie - That guy Josh, you would think it was just some normal boy she met online, but it's funny, just hearing his voice and his creepy "hmmm" I knew right away this guy was trouble - it shows you girls at that age can be so gullible, this one area I think the writers failed - they did NOT show the scene where the girl went to the party and did not find Josh, but Josh was there just stalking at the distance. It would have been nice to include that scene for context - after all they DID include the 1st party scene, why not add the second one...... Another ridiculous scene they should have just deleted, because it served no purpose to the story, was the reenactment of the kidnapping - that was just a filler, it was useless to the story, they could have done without that.
and finally the last 22 minutes of the movie - people who are severely depressed, or anxious or are very emotional or sensitive should not watch this unsupervised or at all - maybe this was what got the movie banned - This is not really a horror movie, not a scary one, but a very VERY disturbing one. I guess the last scene was somewhat long and trailed on, but it really gets to you, in terms of raising awareness by provoking emotion and ANGER was the goal, you get to see finally who this Josh person was and treated the girls like his slaves. There is a rape scene, of course you only see focus on the girls face, very very disturbing and hard to watch, I cannot imagine what the actors cast for such role go through, do they get traumatised playing these roles, the acting, emotion and direction was spot on, very real and very convincing, and if this is what it takes to raise awareness, GOOD, sometimes it takes non conventional methods to reach to people - they should show this movie to all kids in school, even though I don't think parents would like that, BUT kids should be made more aware of the dangers of online chat or engaging in activities they should not be doing at their age - parents should watch this movie, CARING parents, not the shit for brains parents like the ones in the movie...... the scene goes on but it doesn't end there, the most disturbing part is after......the digging part was too much, they could have removed some of it, BUT I guess they intentionally kept you in suspense, was she going to escape, was he going to let them go, I guess the directors meant for this scene to generate feelings of anger, disgust and sadness, it worked, the girl was begging for her life trapped in a barrel, whilst that cold blooded stone cold criminal kept digging until finally she was buried alive......how utterly disturbing, and the movie ends....... Even more sad, Amy who tried exposing "Josh" got in the middle of it, and she was kidnapped too - they both ended up buried - the girl who was shown being raped was Amy, Megan but first Amy was shown her best friend Megan dead inside a barrel, now I know what politically correct people will say, that these scenes are very disturbing and not a good way to raise awareness, I say to that, BULLSHIT ! I think this is exactly we need to raise awareness, something that can really get kids' attention because otherwise if you tell kids not to chat online, or to be careful , they won't F'ing listen to you, but this kind of thought provoking awareness gets the attention of parents and kids.
So this movie really generates a plethora of emotions - initially anger because of the slut behaviour and the kind of discussions of these girls, and I know it is true because in school I heard the same kind of talk. Of course I was in the 1% of boys that was not like the boys portrayed in the movie, but nothing in the movie is over exaggerated it's real alright. So initially anger, then you get to learn about Megan's childhood, then you see the scenes of the party with the drugs, people all high and drunk, so anger and disgust, is that what kids feel they should do to be accepted by their peers ? then the last scene, anger and sadness - people who don't cry or shed tears easily would shed at least a few tears watching the last 22 minutes, unless that person is a pedophile, serial killer, sex predator, etc. it's hard not to have any reaction watching this highly disturbing movie - for a low budget, independent film, I think it did a very good job - but I am a big fan of film and art I was curious to see why this movie was banned, and I remember of how I was judged in school for not being into drugs, partying, and stuff shown in the movie. I did have one bad encounter with chatting online with someone, now some people say why girls ? this can happen to boys, well not exactly, I don't think you hear much stories of boys being stalked and raped by girls. I made once a big mistake of using my REAL name online and someone found my through the phone book and ringed me in the early morning on my g birthday, my heart almost stopped - I was LIVID, a lot went through my mind, and it turns out we developed some kind of friendship, we talked on the phone many times, she was telling me her life stories basically I was the one mostly doing the listening for a few hours and little talking
it was never question of meeting me but she wanted to see what I looked like, and I kept refusing, so we talked and talked eventually I found out she was more than twice my age
of course lucky for me, it turns out she was not a serial killer, but she did threaten more than once to show up at my door step and I kept begging her NOT to, there was one time she could not stop calling me and calling me over and over, I had enough one day and asked her to stop and told her off, ok it turns out it was innocent and her intentions were not bad, but I think she had issues, something was not right, but nothing too concerning, we shared a lot of things in common, but eventually as years went by we stopped talking - from that moment on I learned my lesson, never EVER reveal information online under ANY circumstances, she did end up sending me a picture of her, uhuh, more than twice my age, uhuh, she had a daughter, uhuh, I was very uncomfortable, all I was looking for was just chatting online, not meeting and not talking hours over the phone, though to be honest, I did enjoy the phone conversations, LOL I should have been a psychiatrist, I would have made lots of money, apparently I am a good listener, so yeah my situation could have ended up like in the movie, I was lucky, from that point on learned my lesson.
If this movie can be seen by teenagers and pre-teens, GREAT, it WILL generate very strong emotions, but that's what it takes to raise awareness, and watching these kinds of movies makes me more and more want to get involved in raising awareness.
As far as that other movie on netflix with the title starting with C, I don't think I'm going to watch it, the title is disgusting, and in terms of raising awareness, I have a feeling that Megan Is Missing did a better job, and with a better more appropriate title than that pedophile friendly title on Netflix.
So yeah overall, good one, nice catch Valerie, and this one was in colour too - this has to be one of the most disturbing independent film I have seen by far. I think ALL parents should watch it, they will get a look at what their kids do when they are not looking, how they act, what they say, whom they talk to, and what can happen to them if they act like that - but there is a risk - some parents might become over protective and forbid their children from ever leaving the house
That would be bad - I think that is not the purpose of the movie, just raise awareness, be careful, don't chat up some random guy online just because he looks cute, don't meet up some random guy at the back of diners or in secluded areas, never do so ALONE, ...... also kids should be made aware, people can change their identities online, LIE about their age, some guys can pretend to be their age, PEDOPHILES and SEX PREDATORS use online platforms !!! kids should be aware, nobody can say it enough, this world is full of predators.
Another great initiative to raise awareness was that series to catch a predator, hosted by Chris Hansen, they had people act as decoy online to lure predators into a home where they thought they were meeting a minor for sex, and when the predator shows up at the house he was greeted by the crew and confronted, it's sad to think that this kind of shit happens daily, and making lots of victims, I think there should be more movies like that to be honest, again, nothing is made up in the movie, it's all real, this kind of stuff happens, parents, this is what your kids ARE doing and how they are behaving, yeah MOST of them yeah, at those ages they are not talking about their studies and what they wanna do in life
The actors they cast for the roles, are they really minors ??? I hope that they are using this opportunity to raise awareness to their peers, those 22 last minuets are bone chilling, it's a shame we don't get to see if this shit for brain "Josh" gets caught, but apparently in the real life those girls were not found yet ? They are likely dead, though events in the movie happen in real life, it's not exactly what happened in regards to those 2 girls, but these events were inspired by actual events. Good job for the director and especially the last 22 minutes, it looks very real, very convincing, and one part that really upset me is the scene where Megan's friends confront Amy and blame her for Megan's disappearance - how selfish, too bad Amy did not talk back to them, that part was very disturbing to watch, instead of showing compassion and empathy, these girls tried to lay on the guilt.
So what do you have for us next Valerie ?